on the road again - this time north toward the Shannon River where we would board a ferry to take across to the next stop on the trip for three final nights in Doolin.
above a "Tidy Town" where we stopped for coffee and bathroom break- then we were on to the ferry
the view as the bus left the ferry and headed up into the hills overlooking the Shannon River-
every town has a store where you can buy instruments!
and at least one pub where the musicians just stop in to play pretty much any time - this was a Sunday so the afternoon was open for most folks - and they had quite the session going on at Lynch's as we arrived in town...
the next morning we were out and about and got to the Cliffs of Moher early so no crowds Yea!
the symbol on the monolith below was that used for the "Wild Atlantic Way" which has come into use since 1997 when my mother and i explored the west coast of Ireland on our own and without the exponential growth in tourism that this marketing campaign has brought to this area of Ireland- a boon to small villages that were losing population and jobs - so overall a positive thing for them I think - although to my mind a tad fewer people touring was a better thing-
next a drive into The Burren and the sights there-
including a sheep dog demo - always a fun thing (my third after Patagonia and New Zealand south island)
the 21 year old retired queen of the pack...
that night after a very scenic drive back to Doolin we headed to the best meal of the trip for us- at Cullinan's
The final day was spent on an island... no I know we were already on an island but this was an island off the island- so more - one more post on the trip.... to follow